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An ex-convict who is challenging a federal ban on gun ownership by felons asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to determine the legitimacy of acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, claiming that the controversial appointment was unconstitutional and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, not Whitaker, should be the named defendant in his case.
An attorney can't escape a suit accusing her of defaming a dentist after the Nevada Supreme Court held that a state free speech law does not shield an online statement highlighting a trial win, which allegedly implied the dentist was partly liable for a $3.4 million malpractice verdict.
A Republican New Jersey state court judge has declined to recuse himself from a supermarket competition case involving an attorney from his town who supported his Democratic political rivals, ruling that a “reasonable” person wouldn’t find that a 14-year-old election campaign would impact his impartiality.
A New York City attorney pled not guilty Friday in New Jersey state court to charges of fatally shooting the mother of his daughter in their New Jersey home last month before allegedly fleeing to Cuba, while his lawyer called on prosecutors to turn over additional discovery about the case.
A Second Circuit judge sitting by designation on a Ninth Circuit panel appeared unswayed Friday by a woman's attorney who argued that prejudicial evidence, including a sex belt, improperly convinced a jury to clear NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends of rape charges, saying “no trial is perfect."